Is jyoti & agarbati a must for Akand Paath?


Is jyoti & agarbati a must for Akand Paath? If we do not do it, is it bad luck? Kindly give me advice to keep jyoti lighted throughout Akand Path.

Auntyji’s Answer

Dear RKSji,
Jyoti or agarbathi are not required to be lit during an Akand Paath either temporarily or throughout the Akand Paath. 

Jyoti and agarbathi are considered an image of God or Parkash. People have used jyoti or agarbathi as a focal point to concentrate and help them fall into a meditative state while praying. The focus of mind being the belief that god lives in jyoti. Other people simply light jyoti or agarbathi for the aroma. While some love the strong fragrance and even feel a sense of cleanliness, others may opt out of lighting either because of the strong odour and smokiness it creates. 

Auntyji’s fyi: Jyot is a brass holder filled with ghee; jyoti is the lit cotton or mauli (red thread) which is soaked in the ghee of the jyot. Agarbathi is incense. 


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